Why I Can’t Live Without a Big Shot–and You Shouldn’t Either!

To say I can't live without a Big Shot may be exaggerating a bit. After all, I could still breathe without one!  But I sure wouldn't want to create cards without one.

Big Shot wtmkI was a very new stamper when the Big Shot came out in 2009, and I looked at the price tag ($99.95), and thought "Why would I want to spend that much on a tool, and then have to spend even more on dies!  I'd rather just buy punches."  Silly me!

It didn't take long before I saw all the cool things the Big Shot can do that punches can't.  Dies, Embossing Folders, Embosslits, Letterpress Plates, and now Framelits and Edgelits, all give me so many possibilities for shapes and textures, that my stamping studio wouldn't be complete without it!

I looked back at all the projects I made in the past year, and found I used the Big Shot in about 2/3 of them.  I thought I'd give you a little tour to show you just how versatile the Big Shot is.

The Embossing Folders and Letterpress Plates are perfect for creating textured backgrounds.  This card uses a combination of the Framed Tulips and Finial Press Embossing Folders:

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Letterpress Plates combine ink with debossing, as in this background made with the Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate.

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Embosslits cut and emboss shapes at the same time, like these butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.  The background is embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

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Dies allow me to cut out a myriad of shapes, like this one cut with the Beautiful Butterflies Die.

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Dies also make creating 3-D items a snap!  These are made with the Fancy Favor Die and the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit.

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Framelits allow me to cut out a stamped image quickly and easily, or cut out a frame in a piece of card stock.  This card uses the Labels Framelits to do both.

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Edgelits give an elegant edge to a layer, like this one done with the Adorning Accents Edgelit.  The background is embossed with the Petals-Plenty Embossing Folder.

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If you now know that you shouldn't live without a Big Shot, check back tomorrow for a special Big Shot offer!  And if you're still wondering why I can't live without a Big Shot, it's simple–I don't want to!

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